Saturday, July 30, 2011

Happy to know about Brent Stoney, another kindred spirit

I saw the story printed below on Fox News (7/30/11).  I am inspired by Brent Stoney and hope to be able to report his clean ups on our community count one day.

One-man cleanup crew

Posted: Jul 30, 2011 6:37 PM
Updated: Jul 30, 2011 6:37 PM
By: Craig Reck - bio | email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The varied landscapes of New Hanover County amaze tourists, filmmakers and even locals.

But one man is worried that there's too much trash on roadsides, beaches and waterways. Brent Stoney started "trashing" four years ago after he noticed bottles floating in the water next to his boat.

"I'm not a very good fisherman," said Stoney, "but trashing, you always come home with a full load unfortunately."

Stoney spends most Saturdays trashing with some garbage bags, gloves and a grabber given to him by his grandmother. This Saturday, Stoney walked along a 100 yard patch of grass near Hewitt's Marsh.

"At what point are we going to have more trash to look at than the mud we have in the marsh?" asked Stoney.

He might not know the answer, but Stoney hasn't given up on a solution. He said the Port City can stay beautiful if people simply pay attention and take action.

"You can talk about how much you hate it, but unless you do something about it" said Stoney, "it's just going stay there".

Stoney said he picks a new trashing spot every week while he's driving around town, so be on the lookout for this weekend warrior.

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